Journal of
Economics and International Finance

  • Abbreviation: J. Econ. Int. Finance
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9812
  • DOI: 10.5897/JEIF
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 352

Full Length Research Paper

Impact of globalization on work ethics: A review of existing literature

Japhet Imhanzenobe
  • Japhet Imhanzenobe
  • Department of Accounting, School of Management and Social Sciences, Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos, Nigeria.
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  •  Received: 12 July 2021
  •  Published: 31 July 2021


Globalization as a concept surpasses a mere openness to symbiotic economic relationship. Globalization refers to the level of openness and positive attitude towards the products, values and ideologies of other people and cultures. The study reviews existing literature on the impact of globalization on work ethics across the globe and tries to observe possible trends of convergence of work ethics among several countries. Most of the reviewed studies revealed a significant impact of globalization on work ethics. The more recent studies also showed trends of convergence among some countries that are geographically far apart and initially had different cultural orientations to work. Since globalization is a continuous process, the degree of this convergence may vary as time goes on.


Key words: Globalization, global openness, capitalist work ethics, Islamic work ethics, socialist work ethics.